AD Classification is a relatively new and independent initiative of Euro NCAP, which began assessing driving assistance functionality in 2020. In the first AD test in late 2021, the Polestar 2 was rated ‘Average’, requiring upgrades to be rated ‘Good’ . The AD rating for the Polestar 2 has been increased following an over-the-air (OTA) software update.
“We share our safety DNA with Volvo, which is a huge advantage for Polestar. The safety team identified improvements to a number of ADAS systems* when the initial assessment was released,” said Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar. “As a result, less than a week after the Euro NCAP findings were announced, we made the P1.8 software update available to our customers via OTA. Since we were able to update the Polestar 2 over-the-air, keep improving the car. This is an important advantage of this technology, especially when it comes to updating safety systems.”
The Euro NCAP AD rating is currently a separate activity and is not included in the overall 5-star safety rating of the Polestar 2, which was announced in March 2021. At the time, the Polestar 2 was the best performing EV ever produced by the Polestar organization, and according to latest protocol, has been tested. It has since been surpassed only slightly by the much larger and more expensive Mercedes-Benz EQS.